Jack Grace News
Drinking Songs for Lovers is out just in time for Cinco de Mayo! The album that Jack Grace was born to make is finally available to the masses. Chock full of songs of wit and woe, drinking, gambling, truck-driving, a little hooch and a whole lotta heart, Jack's latest opus celebrates the trials and tribulations of the average drinking man in a completely safe, intervention-free, non-judgmental sorta way.
The day that Mexico celebrates its defeat over the French army (Yeah, not what you were expecting either, huh? Oh, and my previous note about it being the Mexican Independence Day? Wrong. — Ed.) is also the day Jack made a huge splash all over the media spectrum. He started out in the early morning on "Pix Morning News," moved on to "Road Dog Trucking" on Sirius radio in the afternoon and then continued with margaritas at Rodeo Bar, backed by his band and the Broken Mariachi Horns in the evening (Incidentally, "In the Evening" is also a fine tune by Led Zeppelin, a group greatly enjoyed by all members of the Jack Grace Coalition -- plus I used to really irritate the hell outta my mom with that one. Sorry, Mom. — Ed.).
The gang is still drying out from the journey to Ireland earlier this month. We missed the Derby, alas, but we made some new friends, heard some great music and helped to celebrate the 250th year of Guinness' first brewing of that sweetest of nectars, stout.
Guinness was the official sponsor of the Kilkenny Rhythm and Roots Festival. Jack and crew played to throngs of dancing ladies, bongo-playing hippies and regular folk who just like to have a pint and hear some good music. At five different pubs all over town throughout the Bank Holiday weekend, the crowds were grooving on Jack's witty stage banter, seductive gesturing eyebrows, J-Bird's drum solos, Tom Hanway's pickin', and the scarab tattoos sported by the lovely bass-playing chanteuse, Lady Daria.
The group then trekked across the Emerald Isle in search of ring forts and heaping platefuls of sausage and mash, through Tullamore, Sligo and Longford, among others.
Fresh on the heels of this latest breakthrough across the pond, Jack performed at Joe's Pub with the Broken Mariachi horns to preview Drinking Songs for Lovers. Quite a busy month for our crew.
What's next? Enjoying the thrills of summer in Bearsville while venturing out for the occasional gig in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Canada and finally back to Ireland for the Dunmore East Bluegrass Festival in late August. And take a listen to Sirius Radio's "Road Dog Trucking" show with Meredith Ochs and Chris T. Jack and Daria will be on the show June 19 for some improvisational fun.
And now for the obligatory plug for our merchandise in the General Store: music, clothing, books -- why not spend your unemployment check right here?
AND ONE LAST THING...
Jack and company have just returned from a successful swing through Canada while this Editor stayed home to watch the Kentucky Derby prep races. First, Musket Man had a great run at the Illinois Derby. Then I Want Revenge took the Wood Memorial. Last but not least was the Santa Anita (made famous in the Jack Grace tune "Put On Your Shoes Moonshine") with Pioneerof the Nile coming in first. There are some great three-year-olds competing this year, and we're excited to watch the Run for the Roses in Kilkenny, Ireland (crossing fingers one of the pubs has a TV tuned to it). The Kentucky Derby is a very special day in Jack Graceland. Not only are we big fans of playing the ponies at the track whenever possible, but Jack proposed to Lady Daria on that auspicious day some years ago. Mint Julep memories...And remember, Belmont Park opens at the end of this month.
We'll miss opening weekend, however, as we jet off to the Emerald Isle for the Kilkenny Rhythm and Roots festival and several other dates in Ireland. Jack performed at Cleere's in Kilkenny last summer, and he's ready for more. He's going to debut Drinking Songs for Lovers to a Guinness loving crowd, and we're sure to have a great time. For those who must remain stateside, check him out at the Ear Inn later in the month for some fresh Blarney.
Even though it doesn't feel like spring yet, warm weather is just around the corner, so be sure to get yourself a Jack Grace T-shirt from the General Store. You'll think it's summer if you drink enough while you wear it. And don't miss the New York debut of Drinking Songs for Lovers at Joe's Pub on May 16. It will be a very special night, probably with special guests, and maybe drink specials too. You won't know unless you go.